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Stanford Graduate School of Business Launches New International Policy and Business Dual-Degree Program

stanfordThe Stanford Graduate School of Business (GSB) has partnered with the Stanford School of Humanities and Sciences to offer a new dual MA/MBA program for students who wish to study international policy and business, the schools announced this week. Interested candidates may apply to the new program beginning this fall.

Students who complete the three-year program will be awarded two degrees, an MBA from Stanford GSB and an MA from the Ford Dorsey Program in International Policy Studies (IPS) at the Stanford School of Humanities and Sciences. Continue reading…

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What Frightens You Most About the MBA Admissions Process?

What Frightens You Most About the MBA Admissions Process?

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ESADE to Launch Dual MBA Program with Beijing’s Guanghua School of Management

esade_guanghuaLeading European business school ESADE has signed a new partnership with China’s Guanghua School of Management to offer a two-year dual MBA program beginning next fall, the school announced today. Participants will spend the first year of the new program studying on ESADE’s Barcelona campus and the second taking classes at Guanghua’s Peking University campus in Beijing.

The two institutions have been collaborating on academic projects for several years, including exchange programs for undergraduate and MBA students, international training programs for MSc students and a jointly organized conference featuring faculty from both schools.

The new dual program “confirms ESADE’s commitment to internationalization” and will help strengthen its programs for “executives who aspire to lead the global economy,” ESADE Director General Dr. Eugenia Bieto said in a statement. The institutions share similar program portfolios, similar faculty size and a commitment to innovation, he added. Continue reading…

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Trivia Tuesday: Experiential Learning at Tuck

Welcome back to Trivia Tuesday, where we explore the special programs and opportunities that differentiate the leading business schools.  Today we’re featuring an except from the Clear Admit School Guide to Dartmouth Tuck School of Business about the school’s experiential learning opportunities.

“All Tuck students have an opportunity to gain hands-on ex­perience in business through the required First-Year Project, through which teams of students complete a consulting proj­ect for a business or nonprofit organization. Some students choose to pursue this type of learning in more depth, taking advantage of Tuck’s second-year experiential learning programs. Continue reading…

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Duke Fuqua MBA Admissions Interview Questions: Early action / Alumnus / Off-campus

interviewI just finished my interview with an alum and it was exactly what I expected it to be… no curve balls. The interview lasted about 40-45 minutes and it was a friendly chat. I guess he had a list of questions on him that he needed to ask, but the conversation flowed organically. Here’s a bunch of questions that were asked:

- Tell me about yourself
- Tell me about your current role at work
- Why MBA
- Why Duke
- Tell me about some constructive feedback that you received
- Tell me about the time you showed your leadership skills (in and out of work)
- What do you think makes a team successful
- What is your role in a team
- What kind of a leader are you
- What are your career plans 
- What makes you think this is the right time for an MBA

Overall, a nice friendly chat with a chilled out vibe. No curve balls and no unexpected questions.

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Columbia MBA Admissions Interview: Round 1 / Alumnus / Off-Campus

My CBS interview was very fast, in total it lasted around 40 minutes. I interviewed with a CBS alum here in Mexico. The interview was conducted in English. The first ~10 minutes I walked her through my resumé while she asked questions. Then she asked me “Why an MBA?” and “Why Columbia?”. Those were basically her questions. She also asked me what other universities I applied to. After that, she asked me if I had any questions for her and we spent around 20 minutes discussing and talking about her experience.



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IMD, Tuck School of Business Launch Joint Executive Education Program in Leadership

IMDSwitzerland’s IMD and the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth earlier this month announced a new collaboration designed to help global organizations develop leadership skills among their management. The Transition to Business Leadership (TBL) executive education program, launched earlier this year by IMD, will be offered in two modules alternating between the two schools, beginning in spring 2015.

The program is designed to help prepare experienced functional managers at leading global organizations develop necessary skills and expertise to shift into business leadership positions. Participating executives will examine the challenges and pitfalls that go hand in hand with transitioning into a leadership role. Continue reading…

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Admissions Tip: The Comparison Trap

comparisonWe wanted to take some time today to discuss a frequently made mistake in the application process.  In their desire to make their case to their target MBA programs, many applicants devote sentences and even paragraphs to explaining why the school in question is their “first choice” and arguing its superiority over other schools.

Though certainly understandable, this is actually not a very productive exercise.  Let’s consider a few reasons why from the schools’ point of view:

Tell me something I don’t know.
  A popular strategy – and not always bad one – for applicants seeking to demonstrate their fit with one school above any other is to study its website to understand the program’s self-determined selling points, and then profess an interest in those.  The thing that essay writers don’t always consider is that while a school’s distinguishing characteristics might be the factors that set it apart from others, this is not necessarily what the admissions committee wants to read about in an applicant’s essays.  The very admissions officer reading your file spends months every year pushing this marketing message out to prospective students.  Members of Harvard’s and Darden’s admissions staff know all about the merits of the case method, Kellogg and Duke’s admissions committees are already up to their ears in team orientation, and Stanford and Yale could not be more aware of the benefits of a small class size.  This isn’t to say that you shouldn’t touch briefly on these key points (the schools highlight these for a reason), only to suggest that to put together a really compelling application, it’s important to push beyond high-level differentiators and immediate association and demonstrate that you’ve learned about the program on a deeper level.  In making room for this level of detail within a restrictive word limit, cutting other schools out of the picture is a great starting point. Continue reading…

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Yale SOM MBA Admissions Interview Questions: R1 / Video Interview

Yale SOM MBA Admissions Interview Questions: R1 / Video Interview


1) Where do you want to travel in the world and why?

2) Explain your hobbies.



3) What is the biggest challenge facing leaders today?

4) What are your personal steps to conflict resolution?

5) Do you think technology divides or unites us?

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Dartmouth Tuck MBA Admissions Interview Questions: Round 1 / Second Year Student

Dartmouth Tuck MBA Admissions Interview Questions: Round 1 / Second Year Student

My Tuck interview was with a 2nd year student who was very friendly.  He claimed it would be “conversational” style interview, but when I asked a question during the interview, he asked me to hold to the end. He was very focused on getting through a set of questions he had.  That said, he was very friendly.

1. Tell me about yourself

2. Why MBA? (he pushed for follow up and more concrete details)

3. Why Tuck?

4. Tell me about a great team experience you had.

5. Tell me about a conflict at work?

6. Why do you like [current company] so much?

7. What can you bring to Tuck?

8. What obstacles do you see preventing you from coming to Tuck?

9. What questions do you have for me?


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